Sieving was used extensively until 1999 to determine the particle size distribution of lunar samples. This method is time-consuming, and requires more than a gram of material in order to obtain a result in which one may have confidence. This is demonstrated by the difference in geometric mean and median for samples measured by , in which a 14-gram sample produced a geometric mean of approx.52 micrometers, whereas two other samples of ~1.5 grams resulted in gave means of approx.63 and approx.69 micrometers. Sample allocations for sieving are typically much smaller than a gram, and many of the sample allocations received by our lab are 0.5 to 0.25 grams in mass. Basu  has described how the finest fraction of the soil is easily lost in the sieving process, and this effect is compounded when sample sizes are small.